OK, so i went to a couple of karting shops today and the pricing estimates were roughly the same, so ive come up with a rough budget.
you can either choose new or a 2nd hand kart. New budget would be around $10K, 2nd hand would be around $5k.
there are pros and cons with both ways. New is obviously the better way, as everything is new, ready to go and you chose what you want. the downside is, when you want to sell it, its worth $3-4k
second hand is obviously much cheaper, half the price actually.... but obviously you are using 2nd hand equipment, so things will be worn. if you buy 2nd hand, and a year or 2 later you decide that you dont want to kart any more, you can sell it for the same you bought it for. that said losing 4-5k isnt going to change anyones life.
apparently karts have a sweet spot lifespan, most karts will last 3-4 years in that their chassis is still strong. after this, they weaken a bit and you lose 10ths of a second....
not sure any of us are going to notice this.
assuming we are talking 125cc class engines.... you can chose between 3 engines but they are all pretty much the same.
most engines last 25hrs of good use before a top end rebuild.... rebuilds only cost $300, so if you used it for 2hrs once a month, it would be 12 months between rebuilds. this is a good thing with 2nd hand karts, you can buy one and have it rebuilt for a reletively small amount and have a fresh engine.
Both places quoted a ballpark of $7k for a new kart, new engine ready to run. on top of this you will need
these are the base prices, you can spend the earth if you want
- Racing suit - $150
- Helmet - $100
- Gloves - $30
- Licence - $250
- Club Membership - $250
- Kart stand - $100
- Trailer - ?
- General Tools - $100-300
- Racing shoes - $100 - OPTIONAL
so the accesories - $1000
i have been looking through ebay and gumtree etc, and you can pick up a 125cc rotax kart ready to run, anywhere from 3-5k, usually the ones at the 5k mark have a lot of spares to go with them.
the main thing everyone would have to concider is a trailer. ive been told they will fit in a 'regular 6x4' trailer, which im sure you can find for a slab of beer, or you can get a fully enclosed racing setup... once again, depends on your budget.
heres an enclosed one for $2k http://adelaide.gumtree.com.au/c-Cars-Vehicles-Motorbikes-Parts-other-Enclosed-Trailer-W0QQAdIdZ278411276
I personally will be looking at second hand because of my budget, but there wont really be any performance advantage for those considering either way.
As for the karting facilities...
There are 3 tracks around, Monarto, Barossa and Bolivar. each track is run by a club, and by joining you get the keys to the facility, meaning you can go there and drive any day or night of the year.
I asked about holding our own races, and they recomended we make it a day when no one is there and just hold our own events...
if we wanted to, we could hold our own race day once a month, have an organised day out (im happy to do this) and run it ourselves. this way we have no unknowns racing, no governing bodies etc.. which could be good or bad.
using transponders, we can have timing for all karts...
so yeah, 5k for 2nd hand, 10k for new.
you could probably do it cheaper if you are really tight, but i doubt it would be as competetive...
oh, the other option is buying a 2nd hand kart rolling chassis for 1-2k, and then buying a new engine package for $2400. this could also be another good option to have a new reliable engine and a chassis thats still good.